Meteor Shower August 2013: Perseid Shower Peak Period Coming Up (+Video)

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
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Zachary Stieber covers U.S. news, including politics and court cases. He started at The Epoch Times as a New York City metro reporter.
August 9, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

The peak activity for the Perseid meteor shower–which lasts almost the entire month of August 2013–is coming up in a couple of days.

The peak activity, or the most meteors, will happen on August 11 and August 12. Up to 60 meteors per hours (or one every minute!) will happen during the peak activity, according to NASA.

“The Perseids is known as one of the best meteor showers to observe, and this year is no different,” NASA says. “A crescent moon will set shortly after midnight, leaving dark skies from late night until dawn. The Perseids are typically fast and bright meteors that frequently leave trains.”

Also, new research from NASA shows that the Perseid meteor shower produces more fireballs than any other. 

“The Perseids always put on a good show,” says Bill Cooke of NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office.

The Perseids is known as the “fireball champion” of annual meteor showers.

The Perseid meteor shower comes from Comet Swift-Tuttle.  Every year in early- to mid-August, Earth passes through a cloud of dust sputtered off the comet as it approaches the sun.  Perseid meteoroids hitting our atmosphere at 132,000 mph produce an annual light show that is a favorite of many backyard sky watchers.

See here to see where to watch the shower during the peak activity.

Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Reporter
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. news, including politics and court cases. He started at The Epoch Times as a New York City metro reporter.